04 April: Addressing Hopelessness

If you’re thinking that you’re seriously hopeless, this chapter will address the theory of hopelessness…

READ MATTHEW 26  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Peter, in today’s story, is a perfect example of the futility of any human finding “good” within ourselves. He may have known Jesus earlier. He certainly lived and slept and ate with Jesus for three years. But right when Jesus needed his friends most, Peter denied on oath that he didn’t know the man. [v72] I think that “sin” has to top the charts! Yet within days, Peter (and the others who ditched Jesus that night) were restored, forgiven, and eating with Jesus again.[a]

For those who follow this epic storyline, as our Maker addresses head on the hopelessness and futility of human “righteousness”, there’s now no-one whose actions can be so absolutely awful that our Father God hasn’t the capacity to forgive.[b]

Read More? …CLICK on “04 April – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wondering how to speak with the Creator God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

You Lord, are called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of Your government and peace, there will be no end. You are establishing and upholding Your throne with justice and righteousness forever because the zeal of the Lord Almighty has accomplished this. [Isaiah 9:6-7]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Republic of Chile[d]
  • Your Country’s response to world hunger
  • Yourself: the “Fruit of the Spirit” in you[e]
  • Your concerns for today
Thank-You Lord that You are righteous in all Your ways and faithful in all You do. You are near to all who call on You – to all who call on You in truth. You fulfil the desires of those who fear You. You hear their cry and You save them. [Psalm 145:17-19]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord, the death You died, You died to sin once for all; but the life You live, You live for God. In the same way, help me now to count myself dead to sin but alive to God through Christ Jesus. [Romans 6:10-11]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Father God, You have shown me what is good. And what do You require of me but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with You my God. [Micah 6:8]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[f] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Giving God’s Good News

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…” [Ephesians 6:19]

[a] John 21

[b] Romans 8:1

[c] Matthew 6:5-15

[d] http://www.operationworld.org/country/chil/owtext.html

[e] Galatians 5:22-23

[f] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

Posted in Daily Breadcrumbs, Forgiveness, Human "Righteousness", Religion vs Relationship, Saving the Righteous, Second Chances, Sin: The Problem for Evolution, Sin: Wiping the Slate Clean

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